The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey CHAUCER (c. 1343 - 1400)

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). The tales, some of which are originals and others not, are contained inside a frame tale and told by a group of pilgrims on their way from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

The themes of the tales vary, and include topics such as courtly love, treachery, and avarice. The genres also vary, and include romance, Breton lai, sermon, beast fable, and fabliau. The characters, introduced in the General Prologue of the book, tell tales of great cultural relevance. The version read here was edited by D. Laing Purves (1838-1873) “for popular perusal” and the language is mostly updated. (Summary by Wikipedia/Gesine)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface Gesine
00:06:21
Play 02 The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer Chip
00:58:18
Play 03 The General Prologue Thomas Hoover
00:39:00
Play 04 The Knight’s Tale, Part 1 Ted Delorme
01:06:20
Play 05 The Knight's Tale, Part 2 Ted Delorme
01:19:51
Play 06 The Miller's Tale Gord Mackenzie
00:54:42
Play 07 The Reeve's Tale Alex Foster
00:23:26
Play 08 The Cook's Tale Chip
00:07:51
Play 09 The Men of Law's Tale Chip
01:19:51
Play 10 The Wife of Bath's Tale Kristin LeMoine
01:03:23
Play 11 The Friar's Tale Kara Shallenberg
00:22:53
Play 12 The Sompnour's Tale Chip
00:43:03
Play 13 The Clerk's Tale Chip
01:20:06
Play 14 The Merchant's Tale Cynthia Lyons (1946-2011)
01:21:25
Play 15 The Squire's Tale Joshua Young
00:43:41
Play 16 The Franklin's Tale Alex Foster
00:31:34
Play 17 The Doctor's Tale Fox in the Stars
00:17:01
Play 18 The Pardoner's Tale David Barnes
00:40:02
Play 19 The Shipman's Tale Gwen
00:27:36
Play 20 The Prioress's Tale Fox in the Stars
00:15:06
Play 21 The Tale of Sir Thopas Jim Mowatt
00:10:12
Play 22 Chaucer’s Tale of Meliboeus Kirsten Ferreri
00:36:01
Play 23 The Monk's Tale Andy Minter
00:47:29
Play 24 The Nun’s Priest’s Tale Graham Williams
00:47:07
Play 25 The Second Nun’s Tale Alys AtteWater
00:27:43
Play 26 The Canons Yeoman’s Tale Joshua Young
00:37:28
Play 27 The Manciple’s Tale Thomas Hoover
00:17:04
Play 28 The Parson’s Tale Robert Foster
00:54:57
Play 29 Preces de Chauceres Gesine
00:03:48